Despite its modern setting, The Great Gatsby strongly resembles a Greek tragedy.
really, why ?
Homer's "The Iliad" was about the Trojan War. Helen of Troy was the wife of a Greek king. She is kidnapped and taken to Troy to be the wife of the Trojan Prince. All the Greeks get together and fight Troy for nine years to get Helen back. Many fine men such as Achilles are killed in this war. Was Helen worth it? Probably not.
the woman at great gatsby was only interesting the money and his status. the "tragedy" ?
he made money to gain that woman, the money gave him so called social status between hungry dogs. i dont believe that gatsby cared of neither money, nor people's admiration. he cared only her opinions. so, what he wanted was having been "loved" by her. he wanted to show her he worths to be admired/to be respected and to be loved just like other men that she prefered before in place of him.
in my opinion, his wish was normal , but he was wrong about runing after a woman who only cares -money, social status, physicall appearance-etc. he tried to gain her by using those materials because the woman was crazy for them, but according to gatsby his love was over everything he has that is why he became furious to make money for years --just because of her.
we have the same problems today too. a large number of people prefer to show how much they can pay for their lovers. yet, a pair of loving eyes can know that a piece of paper from lover's hands is invaluable. maybe it is a matter of supply and demand, i dont know. for example, they BUY things to show how thoughtfull and romantic but they find ridiculous what they took great pains with creating a little poem, a small drawing, or anything..
of course, there a number of reasons why those people think like that. i will just write one of them about mass culture (popular culture) now. (there is more information here :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_culture#Criticisms_of_popular_culture
) what i want to say is this system depends on profits, so they want you to consume. if i advertise, encourage and provoke you to have *newer* things, you will acccord with them because you will fear of being left out by others. of course i do NOT say that i am againist to new dicoveries, innovations and technology anymore, but i critisize the logic of some people like gatsby's lover. i am talking related with the gift subject- ^ above, the people who think it is imposible to feel happy with a cup of tea prepared by a loved one, a hand made doll, or more personal things, a little kiss, a letter from heart, etc. or nothing in this world can pay the worth of someone who stays up for nights just for 30 minutes with his/her lover. even though having had a big wealth, gatsby suffers because of this reason. gatsby spent his years to satisfy and gain the admiration and love and it was a wrong way but the only way for the sake of a wrong woman. his ambitious was his love, but the love of the woman was the ambition of his money and so called social status.
if gatsby were my friend, probably i would say him to forget that sort of woman and to find someoen who deserves himself. if we think in today's conditions for a moment, i think, it was difficult for them to be happy *together*. probably that woman would always like to buy things, go shopping, go to clubs, pubs, consume, consume, consume and she will be happy gatsby to accompany to her like a slave-guardian who is saying nice words everyday.
first of all, i never want gatsby to be in that situation.
moreover, gatsby is a romantic person. he lives for his heart. as far as i know, *being together* is beyond these, or am i wrong ?
that man wants to be loved, to be cared for, to be respected just because he is *he*.
people can lose their money, their social status, their health, their beauty in one day -there can be an earthquake and you can lose your home, your legs, maybe your eyes or you can be become a bankrupt, you can be thrown away from work, etc.. and that woman might exchange this man with the most brilliant stone jsut like she did before.
why doesnt gatsby see that ? if he sees this, why doesnt he mind it ? or does he mind ?
unfortunately, most of the people that i met tend to get rid of their partners at those kind of situations. or find a 2nd or 3rd partners.
yes, "to get rid of" is a great verb to describe it.
finding and being in love with someone who can be near us at any condition of life is as difficult as being a lover who will not sell
the partner at any condition of life.
so if we dont realize who we are(in sense of our personal worth) and if we dont realize who we are with, our end might be like gatsby's at either choice.